Monday, December 11, 2017

Our 2017 Christmas Card


This year I wasn't sure if a Walen Christmas card would actually come to fruition because we didn't book a family mini session. This has been a busy season for us and it was difficult to find any availabilities around Corey's work schedule and the travel we had planned for several friends' weddings this fall. Luckily, we have a great friend who does photography as a hobby and he so sweetly volunteered to run over and photograph us. We picked up some matching Christmas pajamas from a local mom who owns an online boutique and crossed our fingers for the best. Madeline wasn't super cooperative but I think they turned out so fun for this season of life we are in right now. 


For our cards we went with Minted. I am so pleased with the quality of the cards and there was a fast turn around. I also loved that they would print the addresses right on the envelopes for me so that they would be ready to stick in the mail as soon as the box arrived. I haven't used Minted before but I think I will every year from now on now that our addresses are already saved and they will be ready to go with just a quick edit of friends who have moved and the addition of new contacts.


To display the cards that we have received, I used the same method I did last year. I hung ribbon from the cabinets above our little kitchen desk. To make this easy, I used picture-hanging command hooks (the velcro-like kind) and put one piece on the cabinet and the other on the ribbon. Then, I hot glued little red clothespins. This makes it super easy to put back up year after year and I love having these cards from our favorite people out for me to see every day.


Stay tuned for a Holiday Home Tour later in the week. Happy Monday!

Linking up with Sarah. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Christmas List (+ Madeline's too)

The Christmas season is here and it certainly has had us very busy. Our home is decorated and I've switched all of the ornaments on our trees out for shatterproof for Madeline. I was feeling so ahead the game by already wrapping her presents and putting them under the tree but then I caught her unwrapping them! So now, I'm off to do it over again!


Corey and I have started a big construction project at our house and it is already well underway so we are foregoing Christmas gifts to each other this year in favor of some of the fun things we will need to purchase when it is finished but we will still be doing small gifts and I have a little wishlist of things I wouldn't be sad to show up from other family.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday! If we were having coffee this chilly morning, we would be chatting about...


The trees are up at the W house. I put them up while Corey was traveling last week and enjoyed a couple evenings with a glass of wine and girly holiday movies. I purchased some cute shatterproof ornaments from Hobby Lobby for the bottom of the tree to hopefully spare my favorite ones from getting broken. I am usually firmly in the no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving but we aren't hosting this year so I know I'll be happy to come home from Thanksgiving and have the house festive and decorated for Christmas.